Supreme Court cuts graft sentence of former Dems chief

first_imgThe Supreme Court has reduced the graft sentence of former Democratic Party chair Anas Urbaningrum to eight years from the initial 14 years after a recent case review.“[The court] sentences defendant Anas Urbaningrum to eight years in prison, in addition to a fine of Rp 300 million [US$20,164], which, if not paid, will be replaced with three months’ imprisonment,” the court’s ruling on Wednesday read, as quoted by kompas.com.The Jakarta Corruption Court initially sentenced Anas, who served as party chair from 2010 to 2013, to eight years in prison in 2014 for his involvement in the high-profile Hambalang Sports Complex graft case, a lighter sentence than the prosecutors’ demand of 15 years. The Supreme Court increased the punishment to 14 years in June 2015 after an appeal. Despite the reduced prison sentence, the court still required Anas to pay Rp 57.5 billion and $5.26 million in restitution. He was also stripped of his right to run for public office for five years after serving his sentence.Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro, who was a member of the bench, said the court had approved Anas’ reasoning of “judicial error” in the previous sentence. In particular, Andi said the judges had convicted Anas under the wrong article of the 2001 Corruption Law.Anas is one of many officials involved in the major corruption scandal surrounding the development of the Hambalang Sports Complex in Bogor, West Java, which reportedly cost the country about Rp 2.5 trillion.In 2016, Jokowi insisted on moving forward with the graft-ridden project, promising to recoup resources lost to corruption. However, as of last year, the barren construction site has remained untouched, with no signs of ongoing development. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Gjoa remains shut as Engie reveals cause of gas leak

first_imgFollowing a gas leak on the Engie E&P-operated Gjøa platform in the North Sea, the operator has now identified a cause but is keeping the production shut. Engie has 30% interest in the field and its partners are Shell with 12%, Dea Norge with 8%, Petoro with 30% and Wintershall Norge with the remaining 20% interest.A condensate leak occurred at 20:01 Wednesday at the Gjøa platform, prompting the company to shut down the production. The situation quickly came under control, and no injuries occurred.Engie said on Thursday that the direct cause of the leak is now identified to be a fracture in a weld on a 3/4″ pipe associated with a condensate pump.According to the company, the leakage generated gas detection with following shutdown, depressurization of the facility and release of deluge. The condensate leak was stopped and the situation on board the Gjøa platform is under normalization. No leakages to sea took place and production remains shut down.Gjøa had 49 people on board when the incident occurred and 19 people were demobilized by helicopter and brought to a support center in Florø. Some of these employees are now returning to Gjøa to take part in the normalization process.Engie’s emergency response organisation was mobilized to coordinate all support required and the company is now in dialogue with the relevant authorities. Also, an internal investigation group is now being established.The Gjøa gas field is situated 60 kilometers west of Florø, on the west coast of Norway.last_img read more

GARDAÍ ISSUE NEW WARNING OVER ‘CEMETERY SUNDAY’ THIEVES

first_imgGARDAÍ have today issued a new warning over thefts from cars in Co Donegal – saying gangs will target graveyard blessings over the next few weeks.Sgt Paul Wallace Divisional Crime Prevention Officer warned: “Recent crime figures tell us year to date (compared to this time last year) we have a 33% increase in reported thefts from vehicles, with significant increases in Buncrana, Milford and Letterkenny garda districts, so it appears we have to keep reminding the public about this very preventable crime.“Local Gardai have teamed up with Divers Hyundai & AXA Insurance to appeal to the public to be more proactive in relation to leaving items visible in parked vehicles. At the launch this morning Mr. Conal O Donnell AXA branch manager in Letterkenny commented: “This is the time of year when people are on holiday both locally and we have an influx into the county to attend festivals, visit family or scenic areas.“We in AXA have noted over the last number of years an increase in claims relating to the theft from vehicles, cars particularly parked at scenic areas and also of people attending graveyard ceremonies, which is unfortunate.“This is a very preventable crime by taking simple precautions you won’t suffer the stress of losing personal items and having to make a insurance claim ..after all you are on holiday!’Local Garda Sgt Siobhan Mollahan said: “This is a preventable crime, by simply locking valuables in the boot or better still leaving them at home. It is a crime that causes a lot of personal upset and stress in particular to females if their handbag is taken as they usually contain a lot of personal items, keys, purse driving licences and other items.” Terence Diver Dealer Principle Divers Hyundai said he was delighted to support the crime prevention initiative.Said Terence: “For the month of August each car we sell will have included in the vehicle documentation information from An Garda Siochana relating to making your property more secure. We all know that Donegal is a popular destination for visitors to our county and at this time of year we get out ourselves to the Scenic areas, Beaches,Errigal ,SlieveLeague, Glenveagh etc so the advice is don’t leave your property visible in your car the manufacturers have installed alot of measures to make your car more secure but if you leave property visible on the passenger’s seat you are helping the criminal it is really that simple..”Local Divisional Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace has issued the following advice:Ensure your car is locked with all windows closed.Remove any valuables and place in the boot before you set out to attend the ceremonies – better still remove items and leave at home if possible. Thieves are targeting ladies handbags, cameras, binoculars & sat navs basically any item that can be quickly sold on.Parked cars will be checked discreetly by the thieves who will steal items in unlocked cars.Persons acting suspiciously i.e loitering in the area should be kept under observation and Gardai contacted.General Mid Summer Advice – You can afford to lose nothing! Keep a sharp eye on strange vehicles in the vicinity of your home & elderly neighbours.Restrict access onto your property; maintain your boundary fences, hedges and walls.Install a monitored intruder alarm to your home and buildings that are vulnerable.Going on Holiday or Shopping – Ask at neighbour to look over your property away, (you can also return the favour).Crime opportunity can you afford to lose yours…….Further Crime Prevention information – www.garda.ieGARDAÍ ISSUE NEW WARNING OVER ‘CEMETERY SUNDAY’ THIEVES was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cemetery sundaydonegalGardaTHEFTSthefts from carsWarninglast_img read more